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Career Fitness Program, The: Exercising your Options

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780131702943

ISBN10:
0131702947
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

The 8 th edition proves why The Career Fitness Program has endured over the years and continues to be the most widely used text in the field. Taking a unique, holistic approach to career decision making, this established, user-friendly text features cutting edge material. This book is a must-have source for new, returning and re-entry students. Designed to help two- and four-year college studentsstudents choose, change or confirm career choices, this best-selling workbook focuses on todayrs"s work realities and economy. Its broad scope encourages growth for students of all ages and backgrounds and helps them discover their best career fit. The text is comprehensive, easy to read, up-to-date, and goes beyond facts and figures by offering critical questions that help students focus on "Whatrs"s right for me?" Features include: bull; bull;Managing your Finances bull;Real Life Stories bull;Web Exercises bull;Multiple Intelligence Concepts Additional Support - in and out of the classroomhellip; The Career Fitness Program has its own companion website designed to help students review the text material. This site is accessible through(www.prenhall.com/sukiennik). In addition, for instructors and students alike, we encourage you to visit our Student Success Supersite. This valuable resource is at www.prenhall.com/success Features include: bull; bull;Majors Exploration bull;Career Advice bull;Web Links bull;Tips from Successful Students bull;Student Bulletin Boards bull;Faculty Resources

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
About the Authors xvi
Introduction: On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . . xvii
PART I PERSONAL ASSESSMENT
1(122)
Taking Stock
3(20)
Personal Assessment
4(2)
Super's Self-Concept Theory
4(2)
Overview of Life Stages
6(2)
Understanding the Differences Between a Job and a Career
8(2)
Box: Greatest contributors to quality of life
9(1)
Striving for Career Satisfaction
9(1)
Real Stories: Meet Sandra
10(1)
Choosing and Changing Careers
11(3)
Box: Sample career changers
12(1)
Box: More career changers
13(1)
Summary
14(1)
Exercises
First Impressions
15(1)
Your Lifeline
16(2)
Identify Your Interests
18(1)
Describe Yourself
18(1)
Consider Occupational Status
19(1)
WWWebwise
20(1)
Exercise Summary
20(3)
Programming Yourself for Success
23(28)
I Am Building Self-Esteem
24(1)
I Maintain a Positive Outlook
25(1)
I Am Assertive
26(1)
I Have a Sense of Humor
27(1)
I Am Self-Confident
27(1)
I Am Enthusiastic
28(1)
I Use Positive Self-Talk (Affirmations)
29(1)
I Visualize Success
30(1)
I Have a Positive Self-Image
31(1)
I Have Multiple Intelligences
31(1)
I Learn from Role Models
32(1)
I Initiate Action
33(1)
I Am Persistent
34(1)
I Am Disciplined
34(1)
Real Stories: Meet Alan
35(1)
I Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence
36(1)
I Identify My Goals
36(1)
Box: What makes workers succeed
37(1)
I Am Self-Reliant and Career Resilient
37(1)
I Am Flexible
37(1)
I Have Purpose
38(1)
I Have Passion
38(1)
I Am Responsible
39(1)
I Have Vision
39(1)
I Am an Innovator
40(1)
Summary
40(1)
Exercises
Past Actions and Influences
41(1)
Two Perfect Days: Your Future Vision
42(1)
Emotional Intelligence Checklist
43(1)
Positive Self-Talk (Affirmations)
44(1)
Your Fantasy Careers
45(1)
Making a Fantasy Real
46(1)
Building Your Success Profile
46(1)
Think About Enthusiasm
47(1)
WWWebwise
48(1)
Exercise Summary
48(3)
Values Clarification
51(20)
Defining Values
52(1)
Clarifying Your Values
52(2)
Real Stories: Meet Maria
54(1)
Needs and Motivators
55(2)
Box: Life balance
56(1)
Finding Balance
57(1)
Role of Leisure
58(1)
Box: True values
59(1)
Summary
59(1)
Exercises
Values Grid
60(2)
Explore Your Values
62(2)
Your Values---Some Hard Choices
64(1)
Reflective Questions
65(1)
Top Five
66(1)
Values Related to Careers
66(1)
Values Related to Ethics
67(1)
WWWebwise
67(1)
Exercise Summary
67(4)
Focusing on You: Personality and Interests
71(28)
Exploring Personality
72(8)
Activity: Identifying Your Personal Preferences
74(4)
Box: Decisive Types
78(1)
Box: Exploring majors
79(1)
Real Stories: Meet Holly
80(1)
Identifying Fields of Interest
81(1)
RIASEC (Holland Interest Environments)
82(9)
Activity: Sample Majors Related to Holland Types
84(1)
Box: Holland Interest Environments and hobbies, abilities, and careers
85(2)
Activity: Interest Areas and Worker Trait Groups
87(2)
Activity: Identifying occupational interest areas
89(2)
Career Clusters
91(1)
Summary
91(3)
Exercises
Your Personality Type
94(1)
Your Holland Interest Environment
94(1)
Your Occupational Interests
95(1)
Job Clusters
95(1)
Interest Inventories
95(1)
Classified Careers
96(1)
College Catalogs
96(1)
WWWebwise
96(1)
Exercise Summary
96(3)
Skills Assessment
99(24)
Defining Skills
100(1)
Identifying Your Skills
101(2)
Analyze Your Accomplishments
102(1)
Real Stories: Meet John
103(6)
Use the DOT to Identify Skills
104(1)
Box: Sample job descriptions from the DOT
105(1)
The Portfolio Employee
106(1)
Activity: Assessing your skills
107(2)
Identifying Transferable Skills
109(3)
Transferable Skills of a Liberal Arts Major
109(3)
Box: People skills
112(1)
Your Most Valuable Assets: Your Personality Traits
112(4)
Box: Identifying the transferable skills of a teacher
113(1)
Box: The Scans report
114(1)
Box: Using Scans skills
115(1)
Box: Describing skills
116(1)
Summary
116(1)
Exercises
Experiography
117(1)
Accomplishments
118(1)
Description of Accomplishments
118(1)
The Skills
118(1)
Your Favorite Skills
118(1)
Ideal Jobs
119(1)
Scans
119(2)
Skills Review
121(1)
WWWebwise
122(1)
Exercise Summary
122(1)
PART II THE WORLD OF WORK
123(96)
The World and You
125(40)
Societal Influences on Career Choices
126(1)
Striving for Equality in the Workforce
127(8)
Gender Roles
127(1)
Box: Equity definitions
128(2)
Box: High wages vs. life/balance issues
130(1)
Age and Opportunity
131(1)
Affirmative Action
132(1)
Box: Women in the workplace
133(1)
Other Cultural Considerations: Valuing Diversity
134(1)
The Changing Workplace
135(10)
The Need for Knowledge Workers
136(1)
The Importance of New Technology
137(2)
Box: The new economy vs. the old economy
139(2)
The Global Economy and the Changing Corporate Structure
141(2)
Box: Fastest-growing small-business-dominated industries
143(1)
Small Businesses
143(1)
Woman-Owned Businesses
144(1)
Box: Temporary work
144(1)
Temporary Agencies/Leasing Companies
144(1)
Box: Entrepreneurial opportunities
145(1)
Trends: The Twenty-First Century
145(2)
Liberal Arts Majors Have Marketable Skills
146(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jessica
147(3)
Lifelong Learning
148(1)
Box: Multimedia revolution ignites creative industries
149(1)
Job Growth Trends
149(1)
Finding Your Place in a Changing World
150(3)
Box: Job growth throughout the next decade
151(2)
Facts and Figures
153(5)
Box: New and emerging occupations
153(5)
Exercises
First Impressions
158(1)
Gender Roles Questionnaire
159(1)
Pros and Cons
160(1)
Famous People
160(1)
Small Businesses
161(1)
Globalization of the Work World
161(1)
Changing Nature of Work
161(1)
WWWebwise
162(1)
Exercise Summary
162(3)
Information Integration
165(26)
Brainstorming Career Options
166(2)
Understanding Career Paths and Common Organizational Divisions
168(1)
Strategies for Researching Career Options
169(3)
Box: Questions to ask when researching a job
171(1)
Box: Local government
172(1)
Government Employment Opportunities
172(3)
Box: DOT entry for copywriter
175(1)
U.S. Department of Labor Publications
175(1)
Employer Directories
176(1)
Box: Research
176(1)
Other Written Sources of Information
177(1)
Newspapers
177(1)
Trade Journals
177(1)
Magazines
177(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jackie
178(2)
In-House Bulletins and Announcements
180(1)
Computerized Information Sources
180(5)
Selected Computerized Sources
180(1)
The Internet
181(2)
Box: Job market research sites
183(2)
Exercises
A Tempting 10
185(1)
I'd Do This Even if I Didn't Get Paid
185(1)
The Grass Is Always Greener
186(1)
Job Research
186(1)
Local and Internet Resources
187(1)
Gathering the Facts
187(1)
WWWebwise
188(1)
Exercise Summary
189(2)
Making Decisions
191(28)
Overcoming Barriers to Decision Making
192(1)
Decision-Making Strategies (Good and Bad)
193(2)
Box: Ways to make decisions (strategies)
193(2)
Real Stories: Meet Art
195(1)
Conditions for Change
196(1)
A Decision-Making Model
197(1)
Rational/Linear Decision Making
197(2)
Box: Decision styles
199(1)
Intuitive Decision Making
199(1)
Goal Setting
200(1)
Box: Sample goal and objectives
200(1)
Box: Time management strategies
201(1)
Managing Your Financial Resources
201(3)
Setting Financial Goals
202(1)
Saving Money
202(1)
Establishing a Credit Rating
202(1)
Insurance and Health Needs
203(1)
Budgeting
203(1)
Stress Management
204(1)
Box: Stress management techniques
205(1)
Deciding on a Major
205(1)
Box: Tomorrow
206(1)
Deciding on Training
206(1)
Deciding on Change
206(1)
Summary
207(1)
Exercises
Ranking Yourself
208(1)
Reviewing Goal Setting
208(1)
Write a Goal Statement
209(1)
Task Identification
210(1)
One Year to Live
210(1)
Meeting Your Needs
210(1)
Your Energizers
211(1)
Recent Decisions
211(1)
Priorities
211(1)
Irrevocable Decisions
211(1)
Harmful Decisions
212(1)
Limiting Decisions
212(1)
Contingent Decisions
212(1)
Values
212(1)
Factors Adversely Affecting Decisions
213(1)
What If
214(1)
Specific/Nonspecific Objectives
215(1)
Test Your Assumptions
215(1)
Timesavers
216(1)
Short- and Long-Term Goals
216(1)
WWWebwise
216(1)
Exercise Summary
216(3)
PARTS I & II CHAPTER SUMMARIES
219(10)
Putting It All Together to Reach a Tentative Career Goal
Chapter 1 Exercise Summary
219(1)
Chapter 2 Exercise Summary
220(1)
Chapter 3 Exercise Summary
221(1)
Chapter 4 Exercise Summary
221(1)
Chapter 5 Exercise Summary
222(1)
Chapter 6 Exercise Summary
223(1)
Chapter 7 Exercise Summary
224(1)
Chapter 8 Exercise Summary
224(1)
Quick Impressions
225(1)
Information Integration and Goal Setting
226(3)
PART III JOB SEARCH STRATEGY
229(107)
Targeting Your Job Search
231(32)
Box: Your comprehensive job search strategy
232(1)
Designing a Comprehensive Job Search Strategy
233(1)
Your Job Search: Getting Started
234(3)
Understanding and Using Classified Ads
234(1)
Promoting Yourself Through Mail and E-Mail
234(2)
Understanding and Using Employment Agencies
236(1)
Volunteering
236(1)
Real Stories: Meet Xiao-Ying
237(1)
Box: Internships
237(1)
Interning
237(1)
Box: The Princeton Review Online: America's top internships
238(1)
Real Stories: Meet Felipe
238(1)
Box: Employers rate experience
239(1)
Starting Your Own Business
239(2)
Home Businesses
239(1)
Box: An innovative approach to the job search
240(1)
Getting Help to Start Your Own Business
240(1)
Box: Women-owned firms
241(1)
Franchising
241(1)
Using Career Planning Services
241(1)
Box: Franchise information
242(1)
Box: A creative job search
242(1)
Interviewing for Information
242(6)
Box: Job hotlines
243(1)
Information Interviewing---The Purpose
243(1)
Information Interviewing---The Process
244(1)
Information Interviewing Outline
244(3)
Practicing Information Interviews
247(1)
Networking
248(3)
Activity: Information interviewing outline
249(2)
Moving Beyond the Fear of Networking
251(1)
Job Search While Unemployed
251(1)
Planning for Action
252(1)
Implementing Your Job Search: A Lifelong Venture
253(2)
Real Stories: Meet Susan
255(1)
Summary
255(3)
Box: Selected online employment databases
256(2)
Exercises
Support Network Checklist
258(1)
Information Interviews
259(1)
Personal Contact Log
259(1)
WWWebwise
260(1)
Exercise Summary
261(2)
Preparing a Winning Resume
263(44)
The Resume
264(5)
Portfolios
265(1)
Preparation for Composing Your Resume
265(2)
Using Action Words
267(1)
Box: Resume/portfolio review
267(1)
Using the Right Key Phrases
268(1)
Box: Action words
268(1)
References
268(1)
Real Stories: Meet Eduardo
269(1)
The Appearance of Your Resume
269(2)
Box: Resume problems
270(1)
Electronic Resumes
271(1)
Types of Resumes
271(6)
Box: Guidelines for preparing and submitting electronic resumes
272(1)
The Functional Resume
272(1)
Box: Resume template
273(1)
Box: Sample functional entry under professional experience
274(1)
Box: Sample chronological entry under professional experience
274(2)
The Chronological Resume
276(1)
The Combination Resume
276(1)
Cover Letter Guidelines
277(2)
Box: Resume cover letter template
278(1)
Box: Resumes for international jobs
279(1)
Application Forms
279(3)
Box: Filling out application forms
280(1)
Neatness Counts
280(2)
Summary
282(1)
Exercises
Resume Review Sheet
283(1)
Create a Card File
283(1)
Write Your Resume
283(1)
Save Sample Work for a Portfolio
283(2)
Critique Your Resume
285(1)
Ask Others to Critique Your Resume
286(1)
Write a Cover Letter
286(1)
WWWebwise
287(1)
Exercise Summary
287(1)
Sample Resumes
288(12)
Sample Cover Letters
300(5)
Sample Letter of Introduction
305(2)
Interviewing Successfully
307(24)
Before the Interview
308(3)
Box: Job search tips
309(1)
Box: Company knowledge
310(1)
Interview Guidelines
311(2)
Dressing for Success
311(1)
Practical Preparation
312(1)
Segments of an Interview
313(1)
Practice Questions
314(2)
Box: Sample thank-you letters
315(1)
How to Handle Illegal Questions
316(2)
The Behavioral/Situational Interview
318(1)
Real Stories: Meet Jose
319(1)
Body Language
319(2)
Video Interviewing
321(1)
Learning from the Interview
321(2)
Box: Sample questions to ask at the interview
322(1)
Factors Influencing Hiring
323(2)
Box: Factors that influence your success
324(1)
If You Are Offered the Job
325(2)
Box: Summary: Reviewing the interview process
326(1)
Negotiating for Salary and Benefits
327(1)
If You Do Not Get the Job
327(2)
Exercises
Question Review
329(1)
Practice Interview
329(1)
WWWebwise
329(1)
Exercise Summary
329(2)
Future Focus
331(5)
Managing Your Career
332(1)
Developing Your Relationship Savvy
333(1)
Developing Career Stamina
334(1)
Embracing Career Fitness as a Way of Life
334(2)
Box: Risking
335(1)
References 336(3)
Index 339


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